ACC celebrating Highland Campus grand opening 11 years in the making

ACC is celebrating the Highland Campus grand opening 11 years in the making. (Courtesy Austin Community College)
ACC is celebrating the Highland Campus grand opening 11 years in the making. (Courtesy Austin Community College)

ACC is celebrating the Highland Campus grand opening 11 years in the making. (Courtesy Austin Community College)

Austin Community College is celebrating the grand opening of its Highland Campus more than 10 years after work on the flagship location began.

On April 22, ACC will hold a VIP ribbon-cutting ceremony, and on April 23, the community college will hold a community open house.

ACC began purchasing the space around 6101 Highland Campus Drive, Austin, in 2011, according to the press release. The site was home to the Highland Mall from 1971-2015.

To date, ACC has spent an estimated $235 million on the Highland Campus––including buildings 1000, 2000 and 4000, according to Sydney Pruitt, ACC senior media relations coordinator. Work is ongoing on the 3000 building.


Over the last 11 years, ACC has developed the site into a 1.2 million-square-foot campus that can serve 21,000 students. The campus will offer 20 programs, including a center for digital media and a STEM lab.



More information about the campus can be found here.



VIP event

Date: April 22

Time: 9:30-11 a.m.

What: ribbon cutting, student performance with guest musician, guided tours and reception

Community open house

Date: April 23

Time: 10 a.m.-2 p.m.

What: hands-on demonstrations, tours, panel discussions, workshops, employer meet and greets, and support applying for classes

By Darcy Sprague

Editor, Central and Southwest Austin

Darcy joined Community Impact Newspaper in Aug. 2021. Previously, she has covered local news from San Antonio to Dallas and reported nationally on education. Darcy graduated from Texas State University.